Peer Support: Looking for New Trainees for 2015-16

King’s Counselling Service is inviting postgraduate students to apply by Friday the 30th of October to become Peer Supporters. The training will equip you with a range of transferable skills in listening, communicating and relating to others. If you are interested in applying please complete the application form, accessible via the link at the bottom of this post.

The training will focus on non-judgmental, active listening, giving you the necessary skills to help fellow students talk through their problems or concerns and explore their options. Once trained, you will join a panel of Peer Supporters within your Faculty and must commit to being available in your role for a minimum of one year.

Research shows that usually students will initially seek support for personal problems from their peers. However, while those peers often want to support their friends they can be at a loss to know how best to help, especially in a moment of crisis. People often report feeling afraid of saying or doing the ‘wrong’ thing, or of feeling burdened by the enormity of a friend’s problem or they may hold a confidence longer than is healthy or safe.

The Peer Support programme offers excellent training and continuing supervision which enhances and makes safer the existing provisions within King’s. The scheme forms a key part of the outreach and training programme within the Counselling Service and KCLSU/King’s joint Time to Change commitment.

Supporters are often the first and only stop for those seeking help and, utilising trained skills, can often help others before a problem becomes severe. Additionally, speaking to a peer may be more acceptable to some students than visiting a professional counsellor. Trained Peer Supporters can help their fellow students work through any stigma attached to mental health issues/counselling and support them during a referral process, should one be needed.

Groups of approximately 15 students train together over 25 hours, including 2 full training days and 3-4 afternoons/evenings. Training includes group work, role play, scenarios, listening based exercises, presentations on topics around mental health from anxiety and depression to myths and facts around suicide as well as appropriate referral pathways, and is interactive as much as possible. Attendance at all training sessions is a pre-requisite.

The training is run by Stevie Griffiths (Head of Counselling), Jo Levy (Deputy Head of Counselling), and Jim Spears (Psychotherapist/Specialist trainer). If you would like to become a Peer Supporter please complete the application form and email it to as soon as possible, or by Friday the 30th of October at the latest.

2015 Peer Support Application Form

2 Paid Part-time Academic Internships, Alleyn’s School – South London

Alleyn’s School is an independent, co-educational day school situated in Dulwich, South London. The School is seeking to appoint two paid academic interns from Sept/Oct 2015. These internships will run until the end of the Advent term in December 2015 for two sessions a week, preferably two afternoons i.e. from 12.45 – 5.00 pm, to include 30 minutes for lunch (provided free as part of the package). There may be an opportunity to extend the position into the Lent term 2016.

These posts will appeal to post-graduate students working on a Master’s degree, a Doctorate or a post-doctoral student taking a sabbatical before entering the world of full-time employment. They offer the opportunity to spend time gaining some paid work-experience in an educational environment, utilising the knowledge and skills they have developed during their university studies. They are not exclusively designed for aspiring teachers, but would clearly be of particular benefit to those considering a career in teaching.

The successful candidates will become members of the School’s teaching staff and support students in a number of ways:

  • Providing Upper School Extension sessions during the second half of lunch-times and after-school. These will focus on leading discussion around topics of interest, current research etc. to sixth-form students who are contemplating studying their subject / subject area at university
  • Providing support or developing topics with individual students or groups of students in the Upper School during afternoon lesson time
  • Providing some Upper School Enrichment sessions during the second half of lunch-times and after-school, i.e. talks which are less subject-intense and would interest not only students studying the subject itself, but a wider range of students as part of their general education
  • Supporting the general academic work of a department or range of departments, as directed by the Head of Department and Deputy Head (Academic).

Precise responsibilities would be allocated according to the skills and abilities of the successful applicants. Applicants should be conscientious, reliable and have good interpersonal skills. They will enjoy working with young people as part of a small team, but also be able to show initiative and be self-motivating.

Terms and Conditions
On a day-to-day basis the successful candidate will be accountable to a particular Head of Department but overall they will be accountable to the Deputy Head [Personnel & Administration] who will oversee their role in the School.

The post will start as soon as possible after the position has been accepted and the necessary safeguarding checks completed, and will finish in the week beginning 14 December 2015. The salary for the post is £1,500, which will be paid in 3 monthly instalments. Some overnight accommodation may be available.

If you wish to apply, then an application form is available from the Headmaster’s Personnel Administrator, Olivia Gavin ( This will need to be completed and a CV and referees supplied, along with a covering letter. As the post involves working with pupils, an enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (formerly CRB) check will need to be undertaken as part of the appointment process.

Applications should be submitted no later than Wednesday 16 September. Interviews will be held the following week.

The Diversity Careers Show

The Diversity Careers Show is the UK’s biggest careers event of its kind, open to all walks of life & all strands of diversity. Aimed at undergraduates and postgraduates, this highly engaging day is packed with career development activities and is a fantastic opportunity to meet face-to-face with top employers from a wide range of sectors who openly embrace diversity in their recruitment. The Diversity Careers Show brings together top organisations from around the UK who see the benefit of, and want to showcase, their commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. Employers will be offering practical advice on all aspects of careers, running interactive sessions and panel discussions as well as showcasing their recruitment opportunities. There will also be the chance to attend career development workshops, for personal help with your interview technique, as well as 1-2-1 CV advice.

  • Are you looking for that perfect job or want to explore your career options?
  • Do you want to find out what top employers are looking for?
  • Do you want 1-2-1 help with your CV?

Then come along to The Diversity Careers Show. The event will be held from 10.30am – 5pm on Friday 23th October at the Royal College of Surgeons, Holborn, WC2A 3PE. The good news is that the show is entirely FREE! They do however expect the show to sell out and therefore urge you to register your interest on their website well in advance. Click the link below to register now:

Employers exhibiting include Accenture, Vodafone, TSB, Lloyds of London, GCHQ, Royal Navy, Army, DSTL, Civil Service Fast Track, Clifford Chance and many more.

Naturejobs Career Expo 2015

Basic CMYKThe Naturejobs Career Expo 2015, hosted for the 9th time in London, offers young, talented researchers an excellent opportunity to meet a diverse selection of national and international employers from academic institutions and scientific industries, such as pharmaceutical organizations, digital technology companies, science publishing and more.

This year’s one day event will be held on September 18, 2015 at the Business Design Centre and offers you a chance to:

  • Attend all conferences and workshops for free 
  • Meet employers face-to-face
  • Networking with leading scientific institutions of your interest
  • Benefit from free one-to-one CV checking
  • Learn how to enhance your employability
  • Maximize your career prospects

Register Now !